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Training Sessions

CASA of Ventura County offers several initial training courses for new volunteers each year, including evening or morning classes. Our training format is called CASA University Training, which consists of 8 in-person classes (which are online via Zoom during the pandemic, but still held at scheduled times), 8 self-directed online classes, and 3 hours of courtroom observation completed over a 5-week cycle. You must finish all training and observation within the 5 weeks, and all background checks must be completed and cleared in order to be sworn in as a CASA. Choose a session that works with your schedule. Email for more information.

Becoming a CASA Volunteer

The 2021 CASA January Training pose after becoming sworn officers of the court as CASA volunteers on February 16, 2021.

To be eligible to become a sworn officer of the Court, each CASA must successfully complete and pass thorough background checks, an interview, and approximately 40 hours of training and thereafter complete 12 hours of In-Service training annually. The curriculum has been created by National CASA and California CASA and covers such topics as: laws relating to child welfare and foster care, child development and family dynamics, child abuse and neglect and mandated reporting, effective advocacy, and other matters affecting juvenile dependency.